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The Dalles-California Highway major topic of discussion in Central Oregon in 1919.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back over the past 100 years of newspaper archives.100 YEARS AGO

March 6, 1919

A meeting held at Bend last night, attended by representatives from Wasco, Jefferson and Deschutes counties, was called for the purpose of discussing The Dalles-California Highway. A definite plan was outlined and adopted to secure the necessary appropriation from the State Highway Commission to construct this road, funds from the state to be used in conjunction with funds appropriated by the various counties through which the highway will run.

J.T. Rorick of The Dalles made the opening address, giving a general outline of the work already done by Wasco County and dwelling upon the necessity of each county getting busy and putting the affairs of their county in such condition as to be able to apply for and use the money to be available by recent passed legislation, through the state and federal channels, otherwise this money would be forever lost to our counties.

F.B. Ingles of Dufur, who has had a great deal of experience in road matters and is well-posted on the procedure necessary to interesting the State Highway Commission, gave an interesting and instructive address and started the meeting on the way for definite action. He gave in brief outline the history of the doings of the highway commission in past work and gave his idea of what could be expected from the commission for The Dalles-California road, closing with an appeal for concerted action from all counties interested.

Talks were made by C.C. Berkley and Martin Tellefson representing Jefferson County, who stated that the Jefferson County delegation was there more for the purpose of receiving information than for giving it, and that it was their opinion that the people of Jefferson County would take the necessary steps to assure their proportions of the state and federal funds.

75 YEARS AGO

March 2, 1944

Last week, the main street of Madras was posted with signs that plainly stated that trucks were not to park down in the main part of town. There is one more sign that needs to be posted and in letters a foot tall and that is that cars must not turn on Main Street except at intersections.

Car drivers should know this without being told, but there are those who have to be told about everything. They do not have the self-respect for themselves nor the rights of others at heart enough to do what they know is right.

In this case, we believe that the marshal should take a few of these middle of the block turners into the recorder's court and fine them about $5. This would soon break up the practice.

It is dangerous to turn in the middle of a main street on a main traveled highway, not only for the driver, but to others and such a practice should be frowned upon.

Trucks, with their extra length, should park on side streets where they can park with the street and not annoy other drivers.

It is time that Madras quit being a village and became the town it is likely to be some time in the not too distant future.

50 YEARS AGO

March 6, 1969

Forty pronghorn antelope trapped by Game Commission personnel on a cold, blizzardy day recently in the short age country of Central Oregon between Millican and Brothers were transferred to new homes to form nucleus breeding herds in an effort to start antelope populations in areas presently devoid of these fine game animals.

Hopes of Oregon State Game Commission biologists and sportsmen everywhere suffered a blow Friday when one of the 12 antelope described in this story was found shot to death near the release site.

Investigating Oregon State Police officers arrested two Prineville men, Mike L. Gore, 23, and Dennis U. Christensen, 24.

The dead antelope was found 60 yards east of Highway 26, near Grizzly Road. The doe had been shot with a .45 caliber pistol, according to investigating officers. After notification of the kill by game commission officials Friday and following an investigation by Oregon State Police, the two men were picked up in Prineville and returned to the Jefferson County jail.

The captured native pronghorns were released at three widely separated sites: Virtue Flats to the north and east of Baker; Ordnance located near the Columbia River to the west of Pendleton; and the National Grassland area located between Prineville and Madras.

Twelve of the spirited animals, including 10 females and two bucks, were released in the Grassland area and appeared in good health as they whisked off across the flats when the tailgate of the flatbed truck was removed.

The band at Virtue Flats numbers 11, including seven females and four bucks. The band released at Ordnance totaled 17, including 10 females and seven bucks. Animals in each herd varied in age and included adults, yearlings, and kids.

25 YEARS AGO

March 3, 1994

Changes in the 509-J attendance policy approved by the board of directors Monday night will now allow Superintendent Phil Riley to issue citations to parents for not sending their children to school.

Previously, citations had to be issued from the sheriff's office, but new Oregon law allows school districts to write their own citations for students missing more than eight unexcused half-day absences within a four-week period.

The penalty for parents can be a fine of up to $100, plus $30 in court costs.

Superintendent Riley said parents would receive two letters of warning before any citation was issued.

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